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Zara employee reveals what the shapes on labels actually mean

Amelia Jones

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Zara employee reveals what the shapes on labels actually mean

Featured Image Credit: Cristina Arias/Cover/Getty Images/TikTok/@stylexfox

After some shoppers claimed that the shapes on Zara labels give hints about the fit, an employee at the fashion-forward store has revealed their true meaning - and it may not be what you expect.

A TikTok video by @stylexfox, posted in July, has gone viral with a whopping 18.6m views and claimed to shed light on Zara store's labelling - but fellow TikTokers soon cast doubt on her theory.

Thinking she'd cracked the code she claimed that a circle on the label means that the garment 'runs big', a square means the fit is 'true to size' and a downwards-facing triangle means that the item 'runs small'.

Credit: Unsplash
Credit: Unsplash
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However what these terms mean - considering cut size varies from store to store as well as item to item - varies massively.

Enter the hoards of TikTok commenters who disagreed.

But, to put the matter to bed once and for all and prevent shoppers from making wrong-size decisions based on false info, a Zara employee cleared up what the shapes mean once and for all.

The influencer claimed the shapes are signposts for the size of the cut, which isn't true. Credit: TikTok/@stylexfox
The influencer claimed the shapes are signposts for the size of the cut, which isn't true. Credit: TikTok/@stylexfox
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The retail giant's team told Metro.co.uk back in 2021: "These symbols reference specific sections within the store to support colleagues in knowing where to place items."

They continued: "Regarding the collections – circle: woman, square: basic and triangle: TRF."

Essentially they act as arrows for employees to follow to get clothes back on racks faster.

It comes as the issue of sizing and women's body image is making headlines again after fashion influencer and star of Netflix's At Home With The Furys, Molly-Mae Hague posted about her favourite Zara jeans earlier in August.

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After saying that she 'picked up a size 14 for reference', the former Love Island favourite went viral on X after other women shared their experiences of sizing up in high street stores.

Hundreds rushed to share their reactions to the reveal, with one X user hitting out: "Everywhere now is an absolute joke it’s impossible to get clothes."

Molly-Mae's size 14 jeans has sparked a debate about the issues surrounding high street sizing. Credit: Instagram/@mollymae
Molly-Mae's size 14 jeans has sparked a debate about the issues surrounding high street sizing. Credit: Instagram/@mollymae

A second said: "I despise buying jeans bc I always have to size up and it always leaves me feeling so deflated. I have to remind myself often that a lot of other girls have the same issue and it’s not a me problem, but it's so infuriating. Especially when you have body image issues."

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The original X user who shared Molly-Mae's story added: "Can you imagine how damaging that is to people who struggle with eating disorders though?

"If they’re actually a small but have to get an XL? And it’s s**t for those of us who are actually a L or XL!"

TYLA reached out to Zara for comment.

Topics: Style, Fashion, Shopping, Molly Mae Hague

Amelia Jones
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